MALVERN secured an impressive 27-19 victory over early leaders Banbury on Saturday thanks to a dominant display by the pack at Spring Lane.
The home side’s forwards were the difference in the Midlands Two West (South) clash as Malvern came from behind to chalk up their third win of the season, which leaves them three points off top spot.
Despite a strong start it was the visitors who opened the scoring with a try, but once Malvern’s forwards got going they proved too difficult to stop.
Banbury were penalised three times at the scrum before the referee awarded a penalty try, which Ben King converted.
The visitors held the lead at half time, though, as they scored against the run of play.
Malvern then suffered a further blow after the break when their opponents crossed the whitewash again to move 19-10 in front.
But Dave Irish’s men came back in the second period, with George Withers carrying the ball strongly, and they began to turn pressure into points.
After winning a lineout, Malvern put together a well constructed catch and drive move, which saw Richard Hobbs touch down.
With just four points separating the sides, Malvern could sense victory, and when Banbury went down to 14 men they took full advantage as once again a big drive to the line resulted in Hobbs crashing over.
This put Malvern ahead and they did not look back as they continued to dominate the scrum.
Banbury simply could not cope as the referee gave Malvern a second penalty try, which King duly dispatched to seal the win.